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 James Welch Ferrill

James Welch Ferrill

Birth
Davis Prairie, Limestone County, Texas, USA
Death 13 May 1975 (aged 95)
Mart, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Burial Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 42442269 · View Source
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Hymn writer. He wrote "I Want to be a Soul Winner" in 1907.

He raised on a farm at Davis Prairie near Thornton in Limestone County, TX, outside of Grosbeck and about thirty miles east of Waco. His family were members of the church of Christ, and he became a Christian too. At about age fifteen he began his study of music under J. E. Thomas and Franklin L. Eiland. After graduating from North Texas Normal College at Denton, TX, where he received his teacher's degree, he began conducting singing schools with his first one at Forace Chapel near Grosbeck in 1901. Continuing to teach singing schools regularly from then through 1932, Ferrell sometimes held up to fifteen schools a year. His love for music brought him employment with first the Trio Music Co. of Waco, TX, and he went to Louisiana for a time selling their music books. But while attending a convention in 1904 at Tiger Prairie, he ran into J. E. Thomas, his former teacher and the owner of the Quartet Music Co. With Thomas's encouragement, Ferrell then became a stockholder and director in the Quartet Music Co. and remained with them about thirty years. In 1905, he took a more thorough music course with the Analytical New Light Normal School of Music in Waco, and on Dec. 20 of that year he married Callie B. Anderson. While Ferrill was taking the New Light course, the class was given the assignment to write words to the title, "I Want To Be A Soul Winner For Jesus." After the class was finished, he continued to work on it for two more years before submitting it to a publisher. It was copyrighted in 1907 by the Quartet Music Co. In 1932, the Ferrills returned to Davis Prairie and lived on the approximately 65 acre farm left to him by his mother. They stayed there until 1967. In addition to farming, he taught music at every opportunity, and during his life, he published around forty hymns. His last days were spent at the Park Place Nursing Home in Mart, TX, where he died in 1973 [1975] at the age of 94.

Hymns
*Christ Jesus for Our Sins Atoned
*Have You Heard the Story of the Blessed Savior?
*I Am Now Seeking That Wonderful Treasure
*If You Want to Live at Peace with God
*I'm So Glad That Jesus Came, Lifting the World
*I'm Traveling to a Happy Place
*I'm Walking by Faith
*I've a Lovely Mansion Built in Heaven
*I've a Mansion Built in Heaven 'Mid the Joys
*I've Always Been Told
*Keep Telling the Story of Jesus
*Let Me Tell the World of My Savior's Love
*Let Your Light Be Shining Every Day
*Look Back, Dear Friends, to Calvary
*O Father, Do Not Ask Me Why
*O Let Us Look Beyond This Life
*O Some Day Beyond the Great Divide
*O the Gospel Is the Power of God to Save
*Our School Days Are O'er
*Proclaim the Gospel Message Now
*Soul Winner for Jesus, A
*Sow the Seed of Truth Today
*The Greatest Love That Ever Was Known
*There Is Peace Within My Soul
*There's a Wonderful Place We Call Home
*There's a Wonderful Time Awaiting
*We Are on the Gospel Road
*We're Here, Dear Lord, to Worship Thee
*What a Wonderful World
*When Jesus Shall Come with His Mighty Host
*Wonderful City of God


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 27 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42442269
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Welch Ferrill (31 Oct 1879–13 May 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42442269, citing Faulkenberry Cemetery, Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .